Hix (European and comparative politics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) presents an introduction to the political system of the European Union. Assessing a variety of explanatory theoretical models, he describes the organization and operation of executive, legislative, and judicial governance. He then offers separate chapters analyzing the influence of public opinion, parties and elections, and interest representation on EU politics. Finally, he looks at the formation of policy in the areas of market regulation, expenditures, economic and monetary union, citizen freedom and security policies, and foreign policy. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
About the Author
BJØRN HØYLAND is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo, Norway.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- PART I: GOVERNMENT.- Executive Politics.- Legislative Politics.- Judicial Politics.- PART II: POLITICS.- Public Opinion.- Democracy, Parties and Elections.- Interest Representation.- PART III: POLICIES.- Regulation of the Single Market.- Expenditure Policies.- Economic and Monetary Union.- Interior Policies.- Foreign Policies.- Conclusion.
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Endorsements of previous edition: 'The best textbook on the European Union to date. Period.' - George Tsebelis, UCLA.
'Hix's admirably lucid exposition melds state-of-the-art theory and rich empirical detail into what is likely to become the leading text on how the European Union's everyday political process actually works.' - Andrew Moravcsik, Princeton University.
This volume has a rare combination of virtues: accessible for students and required reading for EU scholars.' - Gary Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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This book contains a treasury of theoretical approaches to EU. It summarises and explores further the possibilities to study European Union as a political system. It is very innovative and challenges the most popular approaches, developed in international relation theory by offering completely different perspective.